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"It's my dream to get in the first-team and play for the badge, my club and for my city." Coventry City's Ivor Lawton

31 December 2014

The young midfielder is eager to make his mark on 2015 after two months out with an injury...

Coventry City midfielder Ivor Lawton has admitted he will "do anything to get into the team" as he returns to full training following a lengthy absence through injury.

The 19-year-old has been out of action after suffering a hernia in October but is now back to full fitness as he looks to make his first appearance for his boyhood club.

The Sky Blues have used 11 players from the Academy this season and Lawton is eager to replicate some of his team-mates from Under-18s and Under-21s level and make a first team appearance, something which he believes will come with hard-work.

"I'm a Coventry lad myself I'd kill to get in the first-team," Lawton said.

"It's my dream to get in the first-team and play for the badge, my club and for my city.

"I want to get myself back, keep on playing and do well. Hopefully I can prove a point to people, I would do anything to get in the team and I need to keep working hard in training and doing extra to improve.

"When you see people like Jack Finch in the first team it's really encouraging, I've been playing with him for a while as we're the same age and it makes me think I can do the same as him. I've got to keep my head down and continue working hard and hopefully that's something I can achieve in 2015."

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Lawton's injury came in the Under-21s victory at Loftus Road against QPR and admits it has been a difficult experience.

But the youngster wants to use it as motivation to come back even stronger and learn from his experience.

He continued: "It was two months ago and sort of similar to a hernia injury, around that area. 

"I felt it in the Under-21s game against QPR, I felt I was having a good game and in the second-half I thought I'd fight through it as usual but I was struggling.

"I came off and two weeks later had a scan. I was told I would have to have an operation and I was devastated. The whole injury has been tough for me and at my age I need that time to keep proving myself.

"Mentally it was so tough as I'm still a young lad fighting to get in the team but now I'm back I'm going to fight for my place and I'm more determined to make sure I'm better than I was before. You've got to try and learn from everything and while I hope I stay fit, it's been a different experience for me."

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